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The Week in Review: 07.26.2019

July 26, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I generally avoid books when they’re getting a lot of buzz but couldn’t resist picking up ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane.  It’s the story of two young NYPD cops who are next door neighbors outside the city.  Francis’s wife, Lena, is lonely and tries to befriend Brian’s wife, Anne, who’s not interested but two of their children become close friends anyway.  There’s still stress, though, and events come to a head one sad evening.

I thought this book was fantastic!  It has fabulous characters, a compelling storyline, and plenty of tension to keep readers turning the pages.  There are several twists that I didn’t see coming and I found myself holding my breath a time or two.  This is a story of friendship, loyalty, love, and ultimately forgiveness and I found it deeply satisfying.  (Review copy provided by Scribner.)


POPULAR: VINTAGE WISDOM FOR A MODERN GEEK by Maya Van Wagenen is a stunt memoir, written by the author when she was sixteen years old.   While cleaning out her father’s office, Van Wagenen’s family discovered BETTY CORNELL’S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE, a self-help book written in 1951.  Her mother suggested Van Wagenen follow the advice in the book for her eighth grade school year and she decided to do just that – focusing on a different chapter each month.

Van Wagenen’s experiment was humorous, frustrating, entertaining, and eye-opening (especially to the younger YA audience).  As a reader, I appreciated Van Wagenen’s positive attitude as well as the peek into what it’s like to live in and attend school in a border city like Brownsville, Texas.  I enjoyed this book and think it belongs in middle school and high school libraries.  Early teens on up will appreciate this fun book!



THE DIGGERS by Margaret Wise Brown is a picture book about things that dig – not just machines but worms, dogs, moles, and even a pirate.  About halfway through, the focus turns to machines digging a tunnel for a train.  The train zipped around until it came to a mountain where it had to stop until another digger came to make a tunnel for it.

I loved the bright, colorful illustrations by Antoine Corbineau and the way the words were placed on the pages but felt like the book should have focused on diggers or on building a train tunnel.  Toddlers who love machines and/or trains will probably enjoy this book.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • We celebrated the store‘s 7th anniversary with a fun event on Saturday.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,750 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    July 26, 2019 6:51 am

    Busy week! I loved Ask Again, Yes.

  2. July 26, 2019 6:59 am

    Congratulations on the store’s 7th anniversary!

  3. Beth F permalink
    July 26, 2019 8:16 am

    Wait! 7 years??? The store opened last summer, right?

    I was hesitant about Ask Again, but I’ll have to give it go. Popular sounds really interesting and Diggers is too cute. Love that it has a pirate!

  4. July 26, 2019 8:38 am

    It sounds like I should read Ask Again, Yes!

  5. Lloyd Russell permalink
    July 26, 2019 9:29 am

    Ask Again, Yes sounds like a good one.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 1:05 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: I generally > avoid books when they’re getting a lot of buzz but couldn’t resist picking > up ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane. It’s the story of two young NYPD > cops who are next door neighbors outside the city. ” >

  6. July 26, 2019 11:32 am

    It’s hard to believe the store has been open that long.

  7. bookchickdi permalink
    July 26, 2019 12:38 pm

    I’m so glad you loved Ask Again, Yes as much as I did. I actually want to reread it. The term stunt memoir is new to me, it seems to be an increasingly popular genre.

  8. July 26, 2019 3:02 pm

    7 years already? It does not seem that long at all! I have Ask Again, Yes on my lits, and the Wagenen book looks really good.

  9. July 26, 2019 3:24 pm

    All 3 of those books sound great! And congrats on your 7-yr anniversary of the store!

  10. July 26, 2019 3:47 pm

    So would love the DIggers one!

    Yay 7 years!

  11. July 26, 2019 4:05 pm

    I’ve just begun listening to Ask Again, Yes and am not far enough in to really know what’s going on, but so far, I’m enjoying the audio.

    Congrats on the store’s anniversary! Honestly, where do the years go???

  12. July 26, 2019 5:28 pm

    You don’t drop many books into the “fantastic” category so this one must really be good.

  13. July 26, 2019 6:51 pm

    Kathy, congrats on the store’s 7th anniversary! Ask Again, Yes sounds wonderful. I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

  14. Rhonda permalink
    July 26, 2019 11:39 pm

    Thanks for review of Ask Again Yes sounds perfect t for me,

  15. July 27, 2019 8:27 am

    I like the look of all three of the books you read and reviewed. I had Ask Again, Yes in my hands from the library, but I was so busy with books of my own this week that I had to turn it back in before I got around to it. Maybe I’ll request it again. And Popular is a genre I look for; it’s a book where the author takes on a challenge. I wonder if I could find that one at the library.

    Have a great week!

  16. cherylmash permalink
    July 27, 2019 8:52 am

    I have Ask Again, Yes on my GR TBR shelf after seeing a lot of posts about it. And now reading your review, I need to get my hands on a copy.

  17. July 27, 2019 9:49 am

    Ask Again, Yes is in my pile, but it was a purchase so it keeps getting pushed underneath review books! I’m glad to hear it is a good read and not just because of all the buzz!

  18. July 27, 2019 11:19 am

    Congrats on the store’s 7 years.

    I like the sound of Ask Again, Yes.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  19. July 27, 2019 11:30 am

    I’ve seen Ask Again, Yes around in bookstore but haven’t read it. And thanks for reviewing it and other books. This week is final week of Paris in July so I posted a movie review of Coco Before Chanel and some French paintings I saw at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

  20. July 27, 2019 5:10 pm

    Congrats on the store’s 7th anniversary! How did we ever get by without beer? I’m glad you liked Ask Again Yes …. I hope to get to it! Sounds good to me.

  21. July 28, 2019 9:55 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot about “The Perfect Fraud”-I hope it’s as good as the hype. A bit off topic, but there’s this fantastic story about this woman, Anna Sorokin ,who went to prison for pretending to be a german Heiress and taking thousands of dollars from her friend. Her story is also a book.

  22. July 30, 2019 11:59 pm

    It’s been 7 years? Wow time flies! Congratulations 🙂
    Adding Ask Again Yes. I’ve been seeing it lots of places so I’m glad it lived up to the hype.

  23. July 31, 2019 3:39 pm

    definitely a busy week. I hope you had a great 7th anniversary at the store.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    August 16, 2019 11:53 am

    ASK AGAIN YES is definitely one of my favorite books of 2019!

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